Definition of monocoque
1 : a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses
2 : a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis
Origin and Etymology of monocoque
French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon
First Known Use: 1913
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